Plumber School

If you're interested in an in-demand career that allows you to use your troubleshooting skills while offering a valuable service, then our online Plumber Career Diploma can help you prepare to take the first steps. With flexible online classes, you can build industry knowledge at your own pace, right from home.

  • Learn fundamental skills that are essential to becoming a plumber like pipefitting, reading blueprints, installing water heaters, and more.
  • Prepares students for entry-level jobs like plumbing technician, pipefitter technician, steamfitter technician, and fire sprinkler installer.
  • Your online program includes interactive study guides, how-to-videos, and animations that allow you to apply what you learn to real-world plumbing situations.
  • Entry-level plumbers can earn an average salary of $60,090 per year.*
  • Our online programs are flexible enough for you to finish them at a pace that works for you, based on how much time you can dedicate to your coursework each week.
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What You Will Learn

  1. How to identify the skills needed to use plumbing tools on the common types of plumbing and piping systems, as well as the applicable codes, standards, and licensing procedures.
  2. How to remove old fixtures, choose and install new fixtures, and repair fixtures.
  3. How to recognize basics of the construction industry: the trades that compose it, tasks performed, skills needed, and its safe work practices.
  4. How to read piping drawings and use them in your daily work.
Full Program Goal & Outcomes

Plumber Career Outcomes






Our online Plumber Program is designed with career readiness in mind. Through interactive lessons, simulations, and how-to videos, you'll build the foundational knowledge and skills that can help you prepare for a career as a plumber.

State Licensing Requirements

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered in the Penn Foster Program. Prospective students should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where they plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in this program. See the State Licensing page for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Online Plumbing Course Curriculum

  • 30.1 continuing education units (CEUs)
  • 8 courses
  • 19 quizzes
  • 1 graded project

Estimated completion time:

  • Fast track = 6 months
  • Average time = 9 months

With Penn Foster, you can learn at whatever pace works best for you. Some learners will be more comfortable moving faster, and dedicating more time, and the fast track estimate will apply to them. The average track will apply to most learners who can dedicate a few hours per week to completing their coursework. The estimated completion times are based on completion times for learners enrolled in this program from May 2021 - April 2022, excluding withdrawals.

In Penn Foster's online Plumbing courses, you'll learn the skills and knowledge essential to prepare for an entry-level job as a plumber through interactive animations, simulations, and videos. The program is self-paced, meaning you can learn on your own schedule from home. Your online courses include:

  • Modern Plumbing
  • Introduction to Plumbing and Pipefitting
  • Reading Piping Prints

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Plumbing Courses Success Stories

Penn Foster’s Plumber Career Diploma can help prepare you for the first step in your plumbing career. This program has helped recent graduates find new jobs or start their own businesses while learning at their own pace. Learn more about Penn Foster graduates' experiences and how Penn Foster worked for them.
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Jacoby A.

Penn Foster Graduate, 2023

“This program gave me the opportunity to develop and build a new level of understanding.”

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Plumber School Tuition

Take the first steps toward a new career with our online Plumber Career Diploma Program. Simply choose from one of our low-cost customized payment plans below and get started today!

Option 1: Pay in full

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  • Pay $59 per month
  • Start for $20 down
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  • Pay $59 per month
  • Start for $39 down
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Our Proven Plumber Learning Model

Empowering students to reach their professional goals


  • Start any time
  • No exam due dates
  • Self-paced


  • Digital study guides
  • Presentations and animations
  • Simulations and videos


  • 24/7 access to online resources
  • Online student community
  • Dedicated Learner Center


  • Expert faculty
  • Dedicated student services
  • Robust learning resources

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Plumber School FAQs

What is the average salary for a plumber?

According to national averages from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for an entry-level plumber in 2020 was $59,880 per year or $28.78 per hour.* The average salary can vary based on experience, where you work, and the state in which you live.

Do I need certifications or training to become a plumber?

Licensing and certification requirements for plumbers can vary from state to state. However, most states and some localities require plumbers to be licensed. Although licensing requirements vary, states and localities often require workers to have 2 to 5 years of experience and to pass an exam that shows their knowledge of the trade before allowing plumbers to work independently. Entry-level plumbers may need to complete an apprenticeship under experienced workers or supervisors after graduating from a trade school or vocational program. Click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information. If you are looking to finish up high school and get a jumpstart on your career you can also enroll in our high school diploma with plumbing pathways program

Where can I work as a plumber?

Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters can find work in factories, homes, businesses, and other places where there are pipes and related systems. In these roles, you'll be expected to lift heavy materials, climb ladders, and work in tight spaces. Some plumbers travel to worksites every day and even work with other contractors. Outdoor work, in all types of weather conditions, may be required.

How long does it take to learn to become a plumber?

Learning to become a plumber usually combines a formal vocational education with an apprenticeship post-graduation. While the online plumber course from Penn Foster can be completed around your schedule, paid apprenticeships can take anywhere from 2 to 5 years to complete.